2015-16 Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community


  • Are you interested in trying something different in your teaching?
  • Have you recently taken on a new teaching role, such as teaching large classes, working with GTAs, or designing a new course?
  • Is there some aspect of your teaching that you’d like to improve?
  • Do you want to make changes, but feel like you need additional support and resources?
  • Would you like the opportunity to collaborate with faculty colleagues from across the university?


The OSTEP Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community offers faculty a year-long opportunity to focus on their teaching as part of a community of peers. This program has been designed to revitalize the career development of experienced faculty at Ohio State by establishing collegial relationships across disciplines and reinforcing a faculty culture that brings together the scholarship of teaching and research. More information about this and other OSTEP programs is available at the UCAT page on Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Programs.

Program Elements

Faculty selected for the program are expected to:

  • Develop and implement a personal teaching enhancement plan (e.g., incorporating new methods such as collaborative learning or technology; revising ways to assess student learning or collect feedback; adapting strategies for large classes).
  • Attend the annual OSTEP spring reception (date TBA).
  • Participate in monthly sessions organized by a peer facilitator and supported by UCAT resources. The Program is designed to form community among participants, so participation in the monthly sessions is essential.
  • Present on their projects informally within the group as their work progresses and provide feedback on other participants’ projects.

Participants may also choose to:

  • Attend conferences on college teaching.
  • Attend events organized by UCAT or the Academy of Teaching, e.g., special–topic seminars or forums; workshops; and/or book discussion groups.
  • Present or facilitate a session at a UCAT-coordinated event to discuss the project or report results of the implementation.
  • Prepare a scholarship of teaching project for publication or conference presentation.

Program Implementation

  • The program will start in Autumn 2018 and end in Spring 2019.
  • Each participant will receive $1,000 for teaching enhancement activities (e.g., attending a teaching conference; purchasing books on teaching; etc.).


Applications were due March 5.

Selection Process and Criteria

  • All faculty members at associate or higher rank (including clinical faculty) or who have taught at Ohio State for at least five years are eligible to apply for the program. Up to eight participants will be selected from all applicants.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a steering committee for OSTEP. Consideration will be given to the quality of the proposed project, the diversity of this faculty cohort (e.g., gender, ethnicity and disciplinary distribution), and commitment to being a member of a community. Decisions will be made jointly by the committee and UCAT.
  • If you already have applied for the 2018-2019 academic year but have not yet received confirmation of receipt, please contact us.

Additional Information

For more information about the Mid–Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community, please contact:

Alan L. Kalish
Director, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
260 Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Phone: 614–292–3644
E-mail: (please type “Mid–Career and Senior Faculty Program” in the subject line)